BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse

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BJ's Restaurant & BrewhouseBJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
BEER AVG
3.77/5
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41 Ratings
Place Score: 89
Ratings: 16
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: n/a
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[ Brewery, Eatery ]

2917 Eastland Cntr Dr.
West Covina, California, 91791
United States
phone: (626) 858-0054

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Ratings: 16 | Reviews: 13
Reviews by PuckLSHS:
Photo of PuckLSHS
3.23/5  rDev -18.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

This place is reasonable if you get there for Happy Hour. After HH, the place gets a little more expensive and a lot less relaxed. BJ's is located right of the 10 freeway and can be seen while driving by....

I have been to this location a few times and found it to be more crowded than the other locations. The bar at BJ's seems to always be packed and the place is rather loud. If you are looking for relaxation, you have come to the wrong place.

The beers are pretty decent. I happen to like the Jeremiah Red at all the locations and don't really mind the chain recipe beer for the good pizza. Chicago style is just awesome when you want a hearty meal.

The service is average...I wasn't blown away but I wasn't disappointed.

I sometimes feel like saying, "been to one BJ's, been to them all" and I would have to say the same thing right now.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.95/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I visited this one quite a few times. Time to put the review down.

Visited recently after daughters ballet recital with some family members.

Atm- This one to me is just off from the other Bj's. Its more of a younger crowd but most of the time, its fast paced and super busy. Always people hustle and bustle.

Quality- With the BJ's brews always available and the other quality Beglian beers in bottles with proper glasses, not bad at all.

Service- The last two times I have been the server has been super quick with whatever I needed and very friendly and responsive.

Food- I love their food but it has been getting a bit of a repeat with nothing new but the small bite appetizers.

Value- Its fair priced for what it is. It can get pricey on some of the larger pizzas and bigger dinner plates though.

Photo of PatronWizard
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Found out this was only a five minute drive from school. Turned out to be a million times better than the shitty mexican restuarant down the street that charged $11 for a pitcher of Bud's American Ale (best choice, belive me).

Ending up coming here to BJ's quite a few times. Always busy, nice bustling atmosphere. Service wasn't lightning quick but not turtle slow either.

Food was as expected, which is pretty damn good. You know when you walk into a place like this how the food is gonna be. Greasy and great!

Nice seletion of house brews. The Tatonka Stout is really good. Plus some other goodies on tap. Yes, I had several pitchers of Arrogant Bastard here. They even have a decent bottle list with mostly belgians on it. And of course, a full bar bitches!!!

Overall: would go anytime for food or drink

Photo of womencantsail
3.1/5  rDev -21.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

The atmosphere is very similar to any other corporate restaurant. It's a pretty big place, lots of TVs for watching sports and it's usually busy and loud.

The quality of the beer is pretty good, I usually drink their beers (the Red or the Pale, for the most part). They're good, nothing totally outstanding, however.

The service at this place is what really kills it. I do not know whether they simply ask the wait staff to cover too many tables or if the waiters/waitresses simply do not care much. I am all for a casual and somewhat slow paced dining experience, but waiting for 20 minutes for someone to come take an order when you have been sitting there looking ready to order is ridiculous. It generally takes too long for the food to come out as well (how long does it really take to make a salad or some nachos?). I have also been (essentially) ignored for long periods of time after the food has come and I would like another beer or somebody at the table would like another soda or water.

If you go with a group of people and are paying separately, bring cash. The apparent difficulty of splitting up a check is too much to handle here.

The food itself is okay. I'm not really a fan of their pizza as I find it to be too greasy, but some of the other items are good. I do like the very thin "appetizer" pizzas, and I have also eaten the nachos, grilled chicken sandwich, and the "field of greens" salad.

The food and drinks are fairly pricey, especially considering the poor service.

Photo of t0rin0
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Been here a number of times now, usually for someones birthday or something like that. In any case, its in a buisy area right off the freeway. On the inside its set up a little different than the other BJs that I've been to. Overall its a bit more open and because of that the atmosphere is nice. Still a bit loud and crowded but still pretty enjoyable.

The quality of everything is good. The food is wonderful and the beers are made well even if they don't taste all that great. The service is decent. The waiters are pretty nice but the place is always packed so a lot of times its hard to order a beer.

I wasn't overly impressed with their selection of beers either. I've heard that they have some sort of "secret" belgian beer menu. So I asked and really it was just Chimay, Duvel, and a couple others. Its all stuff that you can get at any Bevmo. It is impressive that a regular restaurant has those beers though.

The place is enjoyable but you have to pay for it, but thats just how it goes I guess.

Photo of Floydster
3.08/5  rDev -22%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4.5

Went here before seeing a concert in Pomona at the Glass House off of Garvey Ave.

Directly off the 10 Freeway, next to a Chipotle and a bunch of stores including Target and Chick's Sporting Goods

Had all their regular brews and a summer seasonal, an India Pale Ale

Always gotta stick with the Nutty Brewnette though, goes great with pizza

Service was a little bad, but it was crowded

Food is always very good, especially the deep dish pizza I get almost every time with blackened chicken and bacon

Guest beers are a little weak, nothing out of the oridnary, Guiness, a widely distributed cider, and a Sierra Nevada Summerfest

Would go back here if in the area, but nothing that stands out as being different from the San Bernardino location right by me

Photo of AaronHomoya
3.95/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

This was my first visit to a BJ's Restaurant. Stopped by for dinner after work one evening during a business trip to the westside of LA.

The host acted as though BJ's was the only brewpub in the country, although he was very nice and was trying to be helpful. Otherwise, service was good. Atmosphere was fairly typical of such a place, though it did seem to have more families than I would have expected.

Beer selection was good, with an IPA and a bitter available as seasonal selections. I tried both, and they were good, though a little thin in body. They also have the Tatonka Stout, which claims to be a Russian Imperial Stout, and pretty much lives up to it. It's lighter-bodied and milder than most craft RIS's, but it was still roasty, complex and very good. I believe it was served on a nitro-tap, as it was quite creamy.

The food I had included some mozzerella sticks (good) and a Chicago-style pizza. The pizza was pretty good and didn't take too terrribly long to cook. Not going to compete with real Chicago pizza, but definitely a few steps up from Pizza Hut.

Prices were reasonable, especially the pizza. I would surely go again and recommend it to others.

Photo of Franchise
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I searched this place out a bit on the site looking for a brewpub(s) in the Ontario, CA area since I was going for business. As I walked in at about 4:30, the place was half full. You'll notice a large tv screen with two flat screens to each side, so far my kind of place. The atmoshpere was right up my alley, people chatting, eating, and drinking good brew.

I sat at the bar, the large bar area was well light and the servers were attentive and fast. I got there during happy hour and was pleased to find that the beer was $1 off and mini pizzas were half price, etc. This location has actual brew kettles unlike some of the other locations throughout CA, and to my delight a cask offering which tonight was a Blonde Ale brewed with Lime. It was pretty good, too much lime for my taste but overall decent brew.

This BJ's had about 15 beers on tap 9 or so regular beers with 1 cask and 4 seasonal beers which were all fantastic. BJ's also offers guest taps and beers with a few being Chimay, Guiness, Sierra Nevada Summerfest, etc. Overall if your looking for a good place to grab a beer, and some good food this place is worth the visit. When I come back to CA, I'm def making another stop here.

Photo of DogFood11
4.36/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

As you first walk in the atmosphere can seem very corporate wich I agree with to a point. It also mixes in a rustic pub type. A pretty good mix of clientel including a couple families but mostly it was couples with a spattering of larger booths. I thought overall the atmosphere was welcoming.

Service was excellent. I bellied up to the bar where there are 6 good sized televisions with all the sports of the day going on at once. They will change the channels if you ask but they seemed to be on top of things. Bartender kept my glass full of good beer and they were polite even during a busy Saturday afternoon. She even asked if I wanted a chilled glass or room temp wich shows some level of beer training. The beer menu is located within the food menu and it says all you need to know about a beer before purchasing. I wish this place was transplanted to anywhere on the westside as it would be a staple in my routine.

Selection was very good. They had the full lineup of BJ's offerings including a Blond, Pale ale, Porter and an Imperial stout on Nitro. They had a couple others but it was a very basic lineup of the usual offerings at a brewpub. What makes this place great is that they also carry a cask offering that uses the strict CAMRA guidlines for cellaring and serving. They tap a new firkin every Thursday so by the time I got it on Saturday it was still in excellent condition. I found it to be in its prime. It was a wet hopped ale that was fantastic. Served around 55 degrees or possibley a touch warmer. They also had a couple guest taps that at the time was an IPA called Hop it, I think its made by summit. Look at the chalkboard to the left of the bar area for any rotating offerings and the cask description. The pale ale was a solid offering and the Imperial on Nitro was decent. They also carry some belgian bottles with the usual suspects of Duvel, Chimay, Kwak etc etc.

Food looked really good but we had just had a dim sum luncheon so we were stuffed to the gills. I will be coming back to this place whenever I'm close to West Covina. My wife frequents the location in Westwood and although she likes it she referred to the Covina location as being twice as good. Prices were 3.95 a pint. Pretty standard and the menu was typically priced like the usual gourmet burger type places.

Photo of koolchas
4.03/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

did a quick stop at ikea today with the family and went down the street to bj's for lunch. this is my 4th bj's in all. decided to go in because i've heard they actually brew at this location.

today i was somewhat lucky. for specials, they had grand cru and owen's ipa. i decided to go with the owen's ipa. when served, our waitress was said; "wow, you are lucky. you got the last glass of this ... we have no more." not a bad brew. a bit more spicy vs. the piranah. but, since it was the last pour of the "keg" i am sure my glass was not at optimal quality.

food was decent as with other locations. i love their chili and got a bowl (it's made with the pirana ale ... very tasty). service was good. it was actually quiet inside since we were there at 1pm. so, it was nice to be in a "loud" place.

overall bj's is a nice place to grab a bit and have a good brew. my favorite location is still rancho cuc.

cheers.

Photo of MiScusi
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This site is located right of the 10 freeway in West Covina in the Eastland Shopping Center. The atmosphere at every BJ's brewpub I've been to has been great. It's very noisy, which I like, so if you want a quiet dinner or drink this isn't the place for you, but BJ's doesn't intend for it to be quiet anyway. The selections of food are diverse, the beers are great (Piranha Pale Ale, and the Blonde are my favorite). I've actually only had their nachos and their pizza, and it is excellent. When I go to BJ's I go there solely for either the Pizza, their beer that is brewed on site, or both. And that's pretty much it... and it never lets me down.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I was well on my way from Long Beach to the Heroes Bar in Claremont to meet a friend, when a call informed me they would be an hour late – damn! I was on the 10 Freeway at the time & remembered about the BJ’s that I had visited, an ideal place to while away the hour with a Tatonka Stout.

Driving on the 10 Freeway East (as I was), you will be able to see the BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery, it's on your left hand side & sits in the Car Lot of the Eastlands Shopping Center next to the Westbound part of the 10. It also has one of those snazzy looking storage silos on tall legs outside, so it's hard to miss.

A single storey building, wider than it is deep, it is well laid out inside. The Brewery is to your left as you enter, & the fancy looking main bar is set back somewhat to the left. To the right are many Tables, some in booths, with a liberal smattering of tall stools around the bar. I always find this place to be busy every time I visit, yet service is always sharp I find. Sometimes there are long lines even to get in, it can get rowdy, so the atmosphere can vary wildly - the 3 is an average mark.

The beer range is the usual line of suspects from BJ’s, most of which range from average to slightly above average for the Red, & extremely good for the dangerously drinkable Tatonka Stout, which kicks ass.

Food is very wholesome, I always leave feeling like a Fat Bastard after eating in here; I have never been disappointed by the various offerings that I have ordered over the last 2 years, some of which I managed to finish.

So what makes this place any different from the other BJ’s in the Chain? Well, it is a Brewery so you will often find Special &/or Seasonal brews on sale, which always adds a little variation to the BJ’s portfolio. Also, they have a Handpump, which serves a rotating Cask offering – if it’s the Tatonka Stout you better call for a Cab!!

Also, this place sells Bottled Belgium Beers which is rather cool. The limited range includes Rochefort, Chimay, Duvel & I also noticed Delirium Tremens. I have not been to that many BJ’s, it’s not a chain that appeals to me to drive out to them, but I will give them a try if I am passing & it is convenient. As such, I am not so sure if other BJ’s offer Bottled Belgium Beers, if they have, I missed them (which I find hard to believe!, but it could be the case). Even so, after a few beers & some food in here, if you have a Designated Driver – go for a Belgium for the NightCap.

One of the better BJ’s that I have been to.

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

BJ's Restaurant & Brewery is located just off the I-10 Fwy in West Covina, CA. I attended a farewell party for a departing friend from work and found BJ's to be a good place for such an event.
This particular BJ's is laid out with the left half being a bar area with a large number of small tables, booths, and seats at the bar. The right half is set up for dining and has a large number of tables. The place was packed and when you arrive, be prepared to wait for a table. The place has high ceilings but the one drawback I have is the sheer volume of noise. It was very hard to hear at times.
This BJ's has a brewery on the premises and can be seen to the left on entering. Each Thursday they open a new cask, this week's offering being their PM Porter.
This BJ's offers their entire range of brews, from the kölsch-style Blonde to the Tatonka Stout, an imperial stout. Also offered (I don't know why) are the unholy trinity of B/M/C products. On the plus side, they had Piraat and Lindemann's framboise and kriek on tap and had a nice selection of bottled Belgian ales , including Rochefort 10, Duvel, and Affligem tripel.
The food is wide-ranging and well-priced, from appetizers to pizzas and pastas to steaks and ribs. The service was pretty good considering the large number of people in the joint. The waitress did a nice job of picking up with our requests and was friendly and humorous.
Overall, BJ's is a good place to go for a nice night out with a diverse group of beer drinkers. It offers something for everyone and has good food and service.

BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse in West Covina, CA
89 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.